Whether or not Carson Palmer ever plays a down of football again in the NFL is subject to an individual’s opinion. He says he’ll never play for the Cincinnati Bengals again and will retire if he’s forced to do so. Bengals owner Mike Brown says Palmer isn’t going anywhere.
Who will blink first?
Well, if Brown does decide to eventually blink, it looks like he’ll have a trade partner in the Miami Dolphins. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald writes that the Dolphins have Palmer atop their QB wishlist this offseason.
He writes that guys like Kevin Kolb, Vince Young, Donovan McNabb, Kyle Orton and Alex Smith (QB’s who would seem to be available) aren’t viewed very highly by the Dolphins brass.
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“None of this is my opinion,” Salguero writes. “It’s the opinion of folks within the Miami organization who have done the work. This comes from folks who have watched the films or crunched the numbers or done the evaluations or talked to the men who did.”
It remains to be seen whether or not Palmer will even be available. But at least Brown should know that someone will fork over a second-round pick for him. I don’t know that for a fact, but the Dolphins always seem willing to turn in a second-round pick for a new quarterback.